National Genealogical Society

Educational Courses

Continuing Genealogical Studies

NGS offers Continuing Genealogical Studies. Each of these online, self-paced, independent learning courses focuses on subjects that help you further your research. Within each course are modules similar to a chapter. Each module has instructions, examples, web-links, readings, and a module quiz. There is also a reference list and glossary for future learning. The best way to see the depth of information you will learn on a topic is to examine the full syllabus we provide for every course we offer. You will find each syllabus on the course's dedicated page right here on our website.

NGS continues to increase its list of Continuing Genealogical Studies. See the individual courses for further information and syllabus information.

African American Roots: A Historical Perspective introduces you to the uniqueness of searching for African American ancestors. A mixture of history and genealogy, it discusses the role Africans and African Americans played in the birth and growth of the United Sates from as early as the fifteenth century. Armed with this historical perspective, family historians learn where they might find information about African Americans in general and their own ancestors in particular.

Federal Land Records introduces you to the different types of land entries including cash entries, donation land, homesteads, and military bounty land, and discusses how land ownership was transferred from the federal government to an individual or group. More than three million people received patents from the government in the thirty public land states. The land application files may contain valuable information for genealogists including details on family members, neighbors, citizenship status, and land improvements. This course teaches you how to access these federal land records.

With Effective Use of Deeds, you learn about various types of deeds and how to mine them for information about your ancestors.

With Researching 17th and 18th Century German Ancestors, family historians are introduced to German research and the earliest German immigrants to America who settled in Pennsylvania.

In Genetic Genealogy: Autosomal DNA, an intermediate course, you focus on concepts and techniques for genetic genealogy, including the analysis of the data for autosomal DNA.

Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestors. The British General John Burgoyne may have described Americans fighting for independence as "rabble in arms," but nonetheless, the "rabble" amassed numerous records created for, during, and after the Revolutionary War. Learn how you can yield a wealth of genealogical information from these records.

Introduction to Civil War Research. The devastation wrought by the Civil War was felt for generations. Although numerous records were destroyed during the war, copious records of the 2.4 million men served in the armies of the North and South were created for, during, and after the Civil War. This course focuses on the northern fighters. Learn how to sift through these records in search of your family's history.

Researching Your World War I Ancestors. Four million US military personnel served in World War I. Learn how the Army was organized and how to locate and understand records of units to find your ancestor.

Check back often, additional classes coming soon.


You need either a computer or tablet with an Internet connection to access the courses. These are cloud-based courses with no software or material loaded onto your device.

NGS uses the Canvas system learning management system. This system uses the current version of a number of different browsers. To check for your browser compatibility, please see which-browsers-does-canvas-support for further information and details.


Upon purchase, NGS grants a license to an individual, which is a personal, nontransferable right to the course materials. This is for the student's personal educational use only.


The Continuing Genealogical Studies series offers a variety of courses. See the individual courses for further information.

Check back often, additional classes coming soon.

Continuing Genealogical Studies


Non members

Effective Use of Deeds



Genetic Genealogy: Autosomal DNA



Introduction to Civil War Research



Researching 17th and 18th Century German Ancestors



Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestors



Researching Your World War I Ancestors



How Long Does It Take to Complete an Online Course?

The Continuing Genealogical Studies series courses have no set time or date for attendance. These courses are geared toward individuals who have a variety of schedules.

Upon registration, you have access to the course for six months from the date of registration. If you need extra time, a one-time extension of three months is granted by contacting the NGS Course Administrator prior to the course expiration date.

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